Puerto Maldonado: Amazon Jungle

Flying from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Puerto Maldonado took about 5 hours. Puerto Maldonado is about 55 miles west of the Bolivian border with around 75,000 people but has had a recent influx of Venezuelan refugees. Once at the airport, I took a bus for about two hours into Inferno, where I boarded […]

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Lima, Peru

Landing in Lima and getting through security was a bit crazy, especially when you don’t speak much Spanish. After getting my bag and heading out of the airport, hundreds of taxi drivers and finding the one with my name were interesting, but eventually, it happened by some miracle. (Thanks, mom!) My driver spoke little English, […]

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Tomorrow’s the Day

My flight for Peru departs tomorrow; it’s going to be a long day, but I’m excited. I appreciate my mom, stepdad, niece, nephew, Chad, and many other friends and family for being supportive. I have had a few hiccups along the way, one major one being that my passport was going to expire within six […]

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What about the Ego?

As I posted about ancient history in the Peru itinerary blog, I thought about how much our egos play a role in keeping us from reaching our potential by magnifying fear of how we’ll be perceived or judged. Are we afraid we’ll look silly, weak, dumb, or any myriad of emotions that hold us back […]

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Packing lighter and Final Dates.

After getting all my gear together and starting to pack, I realized everything I had was not going to fit into a 55-liter Osprey Fairpoint and a 32-liter Osprey Skareb. Since I’ve decided, I will not check any luggage in at the airport because I will be talking far too many modes of transportation to […]

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Weighing the Heart?

The Egyptians viewed the heart as the seat of intellect and emotions; thus, it played a central role in the rebirth of an individual in the afterlife. The heart of the individual was weighed against the feather representing the goddess of truth, Ma’at, in a judgment process overseen by Osiris, the lord of the underworld. […]

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Peru: tentative itinerary

Organizing a trip to Peru with such a diverse itinerary has been challenging. But it has been a lot of fun and a welcomed distraction from everything that has happened. So much to do and see in Peru. My departure date is still pending, but it looks like it will be the end of this […]

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Working out is good for the soul

As I worked out today, I reflected on where my journey back to fitness and health began. About three years ago, I was 260 lb. obese, on the verge of diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and a mirage of other health conditions. I had neglected myself for so long and spiraled downhill. The unhealthy relationship […]

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Packing for Peru

Well…. I normally pack way to much hence the 55 liter Osprey Fairpoint. Since I’ll be in a variety of climates and conditions I’ll need a diverse assortment of clothing. Below is a list of what I’m taking and I will also be reviewing most of these products after my trip. Below is a list […]

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